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Somewhere halfway between Bourg Saint-Maurice and Les Arcs, freeride athlete and mother, Sophie Lechasseur, shut the door of the family chalet behind her. With her daughter Pia on her back and a smile on her face, she makes her way up the ascent, heading for the alpine trails on this mother and daughter bonding expedition. Pia has an incredible view from her mum’s shoulders. As they pass one marker after another, Sophie shares her knowledge of the landscape. Over there is a hundred-year-old beach, here is a small stream of clear water, and on the horizon is a rolling mountain pasture. With each step, more and more memories are created.
As they continue the hike, the crest of Mont Blanc comes into view. How amazingly lucky they are to be enjoying the great outdoors, the superb panorama of the Alps, and that special feeling of being able to share this unique experience as a family.
The light starts to fade. This is a great place to camp, on a vast plateau, sheltered from the wind and from view.
The air is cool, and the last rays of golden sunlight fall on a smoking camp stove. The plate of semolina has never tasted better than in the freedom of nature. They feel good here, at the top of the world.
Pia spots the first stars as the sky darkens. Sophie zips up the tent and they listen to the sound of a calming breeze. It’s time to go to sleep, nestled against each other. It’s time to recharge their batteries because tomorrow they will head back. A brief adventure, with memories that last a lifetime.
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